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PARCC warning -14 percent of NJ 11th graders opt out of controversial test

Between 3 and 14 percent of the state's public school students have opted out of a newly implemented standardized test, New Jersey's top education official said Wednesday.

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Bill would let New Jersey parents opt out of tests

Parents might be able to allow their children to opt out of taking standardized tests in New Jersey schools.

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Common Core – School standards initiated by a coalition of governors

Even though they're unsure about what it is or what it does, plenty of New Jersey residents have been quick to attack the Common Core education standards adopted by the state.

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Why PARCC? New Jersey education commissioner explains

With all of the controversy swirling around the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, many parents and teachers want to know why New Jersey decided to administer the exams in the first place. There are also many complaints about the Common Core curriculum.

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Common Core – Poll shows New Jerseyans know little about it

The controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams have started in most school districts throughout the state this month, but a new poll reveals most New Jersey residents admit they don't know much about the Common Core education standards that are aligned with the standardized tests.

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Many Americans are still confused about Common Core Standards. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
Many Americans are still confused about Common Core Standards. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
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Common Core confusion is evident in new education poll

As students in New Jersey and around the nation get ready to take standardized tests like the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, a new national survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind released Thursday reveals a lot of Americans have no idea about the Common Core State Standards behind the exams.

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NJ parent expresses frustration over core testing

We've been talking about the upcoming PARCC testing in NJ schools and we received an email that exemplifies the frustration among parents.

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What does the Common Core actually mean?

You can ask school officials, teachers and parents about what the 'Common Core' is and you can receive 3 completely different answers. You hear the name and the term thrown around but it doesn't seem like anyone has a full grasp on what 'Common Core' is supposed to be.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as he speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, in Ames, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as he speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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Huckabee: ‘Stop the fight’ over Common Core school standards

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, right, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, during the closing session of the National Governors Association convention Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, right, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, during the closing session of the National Governors Association convention Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Governors group skirts ‘radioactive’ Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government's intrusion into the classroom.

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